Monsanto was purchased in 2016 by the huge German pharmaceutical company, Bayer via their wholly owned subsidiary Bayer Aktiengesellschaft. Monsanto has dominated the corn and soybean seed industry. Ninety-four percent of U.S. corn production and soybean production are already GMO. Bayer understands synthetic cannabis—they’ve copied parts of the natural plant to make into drugs for years. Monsanto understands GMOs. Having Bayer and Monsanto combine to create GMO cannabis is not going to be a good thing!

A little known fact is the U.S. government has a patent on cannabis (Patent # 6,630,507). It was granted in 2003 to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and covers the potential use of non-psychoactive cannabinoids to protect the brain from damage or degeneration caused by certain diseases, such as cirrhosis.

Does this sound like federal schizophrenia? One arm of the federal government is poised to make money from cannabis-derived compounds and has approved synthetic cannabinoid drugs such as Marinol and Syndros and has patented the potential antioxidant and medicinal benefits of the plant. The other arm, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), lumps the hundreds of chemical compounds of cannabis and classifies them as a Schedule 1 substance and will throw us into jail for simply possessing it.

Under the law, the possession and consumption of CBD is legal but it depends on where it comes from. This is where the difference between hemp and cannabis comes in – the distinction is nothing more than a legal one. Cannabis is the scientific name for the plant. Traditional cannabis – pot, weed, marijuana, whatever you want to call it – is typically bread for high THC content which provides the psychoactive effects. Alternatively, hemp is bred and grown for the industrial use of fiber and seed, which is why hemp must legally contain below 0.3% THC – so that it stays below the threshold of inducing psychoactivity.  So, CBD is legal as long as it is derived from hemp which is non-psychoactive and by definition, contains less than 0.3% THC. According to Paul Isom, despite the low amount of THC, CBD oil has 70 to 80% of the healing properties attributed to THC but the benefit is it doesn’t have any psychotropic or mood altering effects on the brain–just healing.

If the CBD is derived from traditional cannabis (that tests above 0.3% THC), then it is not federally legal – even if your state has approved CBD programs in place. Does this mean you’ll get in trouble? No, especially not if you’re complying with the CBD legislation in your state – 44 of 50 states have legal CBD programs in place.

If the CBD is derived from industrial hemp (that tests below 0.3% THC), then it is federally legal for you to possess and consume the product. This is why it’s so important to know where the starting material is sourced when purchasing CBD products. This distinction is also why hemp derived CBD is legal to ship to all 50 states – even stores like Whole Foods stock it.

In summary, there have been contradictory rulings, legislation, and statements made from various government organizations. In 2014, President Obama signed the farm bill of 2013 into law. Section 7606 of the act defines industrial hemp as distinct from marijuana and authorizes the cultivation of hemp for industrial and research purposes. This made it pretty clear that the cultivation of industrial hemp in the United States was and is legal. Although, the bill never addressed CBD specifically.

Two years later in 2016, the DEA published a rule stating that all cannabis extracts, including CBD, are considered Schedule I substances. The rule stirred confusion regarding its application to CBD derived from hemp. Businesses and consumers demanded clarification of this confusing ruling because only Congress has the authority to create a statute. Ultimately DEA spokesperson Russ Baer stated: “If the products are derived from the non-psychoactive part of the marijuana plant, then you’re talking a non-controlled substance.”  Essentially this means that as long as there are legitimate businesses selling tested CBD products where the THC is less than 0.3%, the consumer has nothing to worry about.

The CBD oil the GRM has vetted and will announce soon meets these stringent standards and is a safe and trusted product.

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